أخبار البنود المتعلقة التكنولوجيا آغ, التكنولوجيا الحيوية, تجارة ? وربما بعض المواضيع الأخرى المتعلقة بالزراعة ? will be posted on this page throughout the week (مع تقدم الأسبوع ، ستظهر أحدث العناصر?أخضر?في الجزء السفلي من أقسام). ?راجع صفحة خلال الأسبوع للحصول على التحديثات.

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Well, the page for the week of Oct 16 is showing up a bit tardy, so we’re just rolling into the next week’s page too.? There is a good excuse though since the 2017 Global Farmer Roundtable is this very same week during the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.? If you haven’t checked out GFNs Facebook (هنا) or Twitter pages (هنا و هنا)? – please do because you’ll see some fantastic coverage of this year’s Roundtable and surrounding activity.? This year’s Kleckner Award recipient?Motlatsi Musi from South Africa?truly is the epitome of perseverance, humility, inspiration and hope.

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And on to the title for the page…? In recent years the media in general has taken a hit to its credibility; there’s been good reason why and justafiabley so many times.? But that doesn’t mean there is not some good reporting being done and credible journalists out there working hard to get the facts straight.

Over the past year or so, Kate Kelland at Reuters has delved into the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a semi-autonomous unit of the United Nation’s agency The World Health Organization.? You’ll recall that IARCs assessment of glyphosate was that it probably causes cancer in people, and that was counter to every other national or international agency that has reviewed it.? See هنا و هنا for past coverage.

The most recent investigative piece by Kelland from Oct 19 shatters any sense that there isn’t some type of influence that’s taken hold on what’s going on at IARC.? ‘In glyphosate review, WHO cancer agency edited outnon-carinogenicfindingsleaves little to the imagination as to what happened, to quote:

One effect of the changes to the draft, reviewed by Reuters in a comparison with the published report, was the removal of multiple scientistsconclusions that their studies had found no link between glyphosate and cancer in laboratory animals.

In one instance, a fresh statistical analysis was insertedeffectively reversing the original finding of a study being reviewed by IARC.

In another, a sentence in the draft referenced a pathology report ordered by experts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It noted the report ?firmly? و ?unanimously? agreed that the ?compound? ? جلايوفوسات ? had not caused abnormal growths in the mice being studied. In the final published IARC monograph, this sentence had been deleted.

Reuters has absolutely blown up any credibility IARC may have had with the investigative reporting.? In additon, The Times in London reported that a scientist who advised IARC was paid bylaw firms?bringing claims by cancer victims against the manufacturerand never declared that link.? You have to read his responses yourself to believe his audacity, which is simply incredible.

It begs the question why an agency such as IARC even exists given that it has only ever listed 1 agent under its classification of Group 4 asprobably not carcinogenic to humans”.? Think about that, and take a look for yourselfonly 1.? If while reading that you’re enjoying a coffee or cup of tea, you might ponder that IARC saysdrinking very hot beverages probably causes canceras wellyep, read it here.? But that’s a bit of an improvement as IARC had for a long time warned that coffee itself might cause cancer, but finally then opted to go withnot classifiableinstead (yep, again read it هنا).? GFN has pointed out the problems before, the more recent column which you can see هنا.

The link to the Reuters and The Times pieces are below, as well as other news items of interest.

 


التجارة, المتصلة بالتجارة, بنية تحتية:

A Scalpel, Not a Chainsaw, for NAFTANational Review, Editorial (أكتوبر 17)

President Donald Trump has ordered his trade representative to renegotiate certain aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is a good idea. He also has threatened to pull out of the trade accord altogether, which is a terrible idea…” – حلقة الوصل

Officials disrupt Egypt?s wheat supplies in protest to losing jolliesFood Navigator AsiaBy Richard Whitehead (أكتوبر 18)

Government inspectors furious at losing their travel perks are behind the disruption of wheat shipments to the world?s biggest buyer.” – حلقة الوصل?(ملحوظة: wonder if this is classified under non-tariff trade barrier??)

Canada ‘extremely worriedabout NAFTA: AmbroseCTV NewsBy Rachel Aiello (أكتوبر 22)

I actually think it?s time for us to be worried, I think we are worried behind the scenes, and I think we have to start activating everyone who understands why it matters…” – حلقة الوصل

What Does the Future Hold for NAFTA? – Knowledge@Wharton (أكتوبر 23)

As the latest round of talks between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (نافتا) ended last week in a stalemate, two issues emerged as the key sticking points.” – حلقة الوصل

US must get back into the game in the Asia Pacific – التل – Opinion by Peter A. Petri and Michael G. Plummer (أكتوبر 23)

The region does not want the US to disengage, but it does have options.” – حلقة الوصل

Incoming NZ leader to push for TPP changesThe Straits Times (سنغافورة) (أكتوبر 23)

Ms Ardern told The New Zealand Herald that she may pull out of the TPP if other countries did not agree to a renegotiation…” – حلقة الوصل

Macron wants EU to take hard stance in trade talks – GlobalMeatNews.com – By Oscar Rousseau (أكتوبر 24)

French President Emmanuel Macron wants the European Union (أنا) to take a tougher stance on controversial trade talks.” – حلقة الوصل

More Australian red meat exporters may be in China?s firing line – FarmOnline (أستراليا) – By Colin Bettles (أكتوبر 25)

“…the Chinese temporary suspension handed down in July is estimated to be costing the Australian exporters about $1 million per day.” – حلقة الوصل

A Farmer?s View of NAFTANational ReviewBy Blake Hurst (أكتوبر 25)

President Trump fails to understand the importance of free-trade to America?s long-term economic success.” – حلقة الوصل


اي جي, AG TECH, ابحاث, إنتاج, الحماية, القضايا ذات الصلة:

Ag companies commit to the promising rise of biologicalsSoutheast Farm PressBy John Hart (أكتوبر 19)

Biostimulants are viewed as a key growth area in the burgeoning biological pesticide market.” – حلقة الوصل

CSIRO technology delivers non-browning apples – FarmOnline (أستراليا) (أكتوبر 20)

This non-browning technology has potential to reduce waste not only in apples and potatoes but also in other important horticultural crops…” – حلقة الوصل

Will CRISPR-Cas kick start a new Green Revolution? – AgWeb, Farm Journal Media (أكتوبر 22)

The importance of this for farmers and consumers is that CRISPR-Cas may help speed up the process of getting preferable genetics into food crops.” – حلقة الوصل

 


سياسات, REGULATORY, النشاط, آخر:

In glyphosate review, WHO cancer agency edited out ?non-carcinogenic? findingsReuters InvestigatesBy Kate Kelland (أكتوبر 19)

When the International Agency for Research on Cancer assessed the best-selling weedkiller glyphosate, significant changes were made between a draft of its report and the published version. The agency won’t say who made the changes or why.” – حلقة الوصل

Weedkiller scientist was paid ?120,000 by cancer lawyersThe Times (المملكة المتحدة) – By Ben Webster (أكتوبر 18)

A scientist who advised a United Nations agency [IARC] to classify the world?s most widely used weedkiller as carcinogenic received $160,000 (?121,500) from law firms bringing claims by cancer victims against the manufacturer.” – حلقة الوصل?(subscription-based, free limited access available)

BASF Comments on $7 Billion Bayer Purchase – بواسطة?Ashley Davenport?- AgWeb (أكتوبر 19)

This transaction will launch BASF into the business of selling crop seed for the first time.” – حلقة الوصل

Eye-catching labels stigmatize many healthy foods – المواد الغذائية (أكتوبر 20)

Study findsprocesslabels like organic, fair trade and cage free can affect consumer behavior, even when there’s no scientific basis.” – حلقة الوصل

War against chemicals is a shame on scienceThe Times (المملكة المتحدة) – By Matt Ridley (أكتوبر 23)

A perfectly useful herbicide could be banned in Europe thanks to a tangled network of lobbyists, lawyers and activists” – حلقة الوصل (subscription-based, free limited access available)
*أنظر أيضاPressure mounts for European glyphosate ban (Food Navigator, أكتوبر 23)

أنا: No decision taken on glyphosateFood Navigator – جين بيرن (أكتوبر 25)

The decisive vote due today on the reauthorization of the EU license for the controversial herbicide, جلايوفوسات, did not take placeit was postponed.” – حلقة الوصل

Should ?precision breeding? biotech be included in GMO regulation? – Fod Navigator -?By Katy Askew (أكتوبر 23)

Developments in genetic coding techniques open the doorway to crops that produce higher yields or have positive characteristics, such as drought or pest resistance. The EU regulates the cultivation and use of genetically modified organisms (الكائنات المعدلة وراثيا) in food but debate rages over whether new biotechnologies such as CRISPR-Cas gene editing should be treated differently.”- حلقة الوصل